Westborough, MA – SALMON Health and Retirement, widely recognized as a leader in senior housing and health care in this region for 60 years, announced that the local, family-owned and operated organization has officially acquired the VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford from Milford Regional Medical Center (MRMC) as of August 1, 2012.
SALMON is planning to merge the operations of their own SALMON Hospice Care with the VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford. The VNA will continue to be run by current Director of VNA Services Jean Masciarelli, RN, who has worked in healthcare for over 35 years. SALMON’s Director of Hospice Services, Michele McGovern, RN, will lead the merged hospice component. McGovern, a 16-year SALMON employee, helped to establish the company’s hospice services in 2008.
CEO of MRMC Francis M. Saba said, “When we began the process of seeking a buyer for our VNA, our first priority was to find an organization which we felt would maintain and further build upon the high quality and outstanding care that has been the hallmark of the Greater Milford VNA and Hospice since its beginning in 1918; SALMON Health and Retirement is that organization. Their fine reputation and stellar track record as providers of compassionate and superb post-acute care and assisted living services assures continued excellence in the care that will be provided by the VNA.”
Matthew F. Salmon, SALMON chief operating officer said, “We recognize that a large part of continuing care focus today is based within one’s community. We’re looking forward to bringing our expertise and knowledge to this movement by keeping everything home-based no matter where you call ‘home.’”
“This addition completes our post-acute continuum and enhances our opportunities to support and partner with doctors and hospitals in the area,” added Salmon.
SALMON Health and Retirement purchased both the business and the name, and plans to continue to operate under the Milford VNA name in that area, showing their commitment to the stewardship of the agency.
Kate Salmon-Robinson, SALMON director of marketing communications said, “We expect a smooth transition for Milford’s current clients and ours. While we will bring to Milford the same culture that’s been instilled within our family’s organization, it is our intention to retain the identity of the VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford and make no changes to the staff and location.”
Masciarelli said, “I’m looking forward to this time of growing and learning. SALMON Health and Retirement is an excellent match for us in that they share our passion for patient-centered care.”
With this acquisition, the Salmons are responding to a national trend of community-based care.
The Salmons credit highly skilled professionals committed to quality care and their dedication to the community and the people they serve as a driving factor in their organization’s desire to work more closely with the agency.
“Together with MRMC, we look forward to a continued commitment to serve the greater Milford community, and see this addition to our continuum as an extension of who we are by expanding our 60-year organization in a new direction. For us and for all the people we serve, this is the right opportunity at the right time,” said Salmon-Robinson. “We are grateful to be working with the caring and skilled team at the VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford.”
This partnership improves SALMON’s ability to provide for clients already in their care who are looking for VNA services. In addition, it offers clients the tradition and expertise of an innovative, and well-established, family-run organization.
Salmon-Robinson said, “We are proud of the compassion and professionalism of our staff on all six campuses, which now includes the Milford Home Care team. We are committed to keeping our residents, customers and their families satisfied and well cared for in their home – their home on any of our campuses or in their home on ‘Main Street.’”
The Salmon family values their relationship with Milford Regional Medical Center and appreciates their continued support in this transaction and looks forward to many more years of working together.
Masciarelli said, “We expect that this will be a seamless change for our patients. We’ve been in Milford since 1918 and we have strong roots here. I think many people will always see us as the ‘Milford VNA.” “…And that’s OK with us!” added the Salmon family.
Saba said, “Patients and families in the greater Milford area can be confident that the respectful, compassionate care that they have always received from the VNA will be maintained. We look forward to a continued strong relationship with both SALMON and the VNA as these two fine organizations begin their new partnership.”
The office and phone number at the VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford will remain the same - 37 Birch Street, Milford, MA 01757, (508) 473-0862. Visit www.MilfordVNA.com for more information.
Through The Willows Premier Retirement Communities for Active Adults, Whitney Place Assisted Living Residences, Whitney Place Adult Day Health Centers, Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Centers and SALMON Centers for Early Education, located in Natick, Northborough, Northbridge, Westborough and Worcester, SALMON Health and Retirement, founded in 1952, offers a full spectrum of services designed to maintain the highest possible quality of life for those they serve. To learn more, call Toll-Free in Massachusetts 1-800-446-8060, or visit www.SalmonHealthAndRetirement.com